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Undergraduate Degrees in Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Degrees in Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice programs combine a broad variety of topics and discliplines related to law enforcement, the courts, and America’s criminal justice system. Most Criminal Justice programs offer specific concentrations to focus on, such as:

• Crime and criminology for those interested in law enforcement

• Justice Policy for those interested in law and public policy

• Community Justice for those interested in social work and “helping” careers

The majority of people who obtain a Criminal Justice degree use it to begin their careers in law enforcement, corrections, criminal law or social work. The degree can also be used as a stepping stone to an advanced degree, such as a Master’s in Criminal Justice or a Master’s in Public Administration.

Most 4-year colleges and universities offer at least a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, and many offer advanced degrees at the Master’s and Doctorate levels as well. Two-year colleges quite often offer an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Depending on the institution, the name of the degree may differ, so don’t be surprised to see programs with names such as “Administration of Justice” or “Justice Studies.” The name may be different, but the coursework will be the same and the degree will be just as valuable in the end.

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    Anonymous

    almost 6 years ago

    You must be careful to check with with the American Council on Education to ensure your school is accredited with one of the major regional acreditation bodies. After that, ensure your research the online classroom learning environment. For instance, I graduated from Bellevue University with a BS in Criminal Justic Administration (I wish I did something more specialized, but found out too late....refer to below) while I was in the Air Force. Bellevue was very interactive, and you had to post replies to your classmates. Often the instructor would also make comments on your posts, and surprise you with some crazy question. I felt like I was learning something, and I learned it with the assistance of the instructor. I applied this knowledge to my current department by assisting in writing grants, making policies, and training programs. Things I learned from Bellevue.

    However, my wife started a program with the University of Phoenix, and it was totally different. She would get assignments, complete them, and post them back to the instructor. No interaction with other classmates or minimal contact, and rarely did you get a response from the instructor. However, they made sure they got paid though. It seemed to me like one of those "diploma mill" institutions that seemed to only care about getting paid, and the tuition was higher than Bellevues, and lacked the interaction. Needless to say I had her stop taking classes from Phoenix, and switch to Bellevue. Part of the point of online classes is the "independant" study of a topic, and the student's integrity that they are learning what they are being taught. If you cannot honestly remember what you learned or have never applied any of this new found knowledge the odds are you didnt learn anything, and just gave $11,000 to a school for nothing. In todays market just having a degree doesnt mean anything if you havent learned anything from it. Also, a bachelor's degree is now "a dime a dozen" and is equivalent to what an Associates degree used to be.

    Finally, if you go to college online or an actual institution think about your life after police work. General CJ degrees are garbage, and dont really help you in this competitive marketplace. Get a specialized degree in Forensics or Criminology or get something in Technology (i.e. Computer Forensic, etc.). Make yourself marketable, and not just another number.

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    retflingwing

    almost 6 years ago

    64 Comments

    I went to UoP and did ok for my AA but found Ashford University to be the best and they use your military/VA benefits to pay your costs so typically there is no out of pocket costs to attend. Classes are 5-6 weeks long and you can do them online, logging in when it best fits your timeframe. Plan on spending about 10-12 hours per week on class assignments, studying and tests. Contact me if any questions. SEMPER PARATUS

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    retflingwing

    almost 6 years ago

    64 Comments

    If you go the online route (which most working adults do unless you have time to sit in class at a brick and mortar site), make sure it is offered from a regionally accredited university with an online extension (such as Ashford University), not a "shake and bake" school with "learning centers" and a national accreditation. In the competative LEO job market the same USMC or prior military dude with a four year degree will get the job over one who doesn't. Get the degree while hunting down the job, shows initiative to the recruiter.

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    Redman01

    about 6 years ago

    84 Comments

    do you have to get a degree to get started as a LEO? I have 4 years experience in the USMC. I plan to apply with State Troopers and go to the Academy. Then, do online courses to achieve a BA in Criminal Justice. Is this possible? Any help would be much appreciated. -Dan-

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    liberty23

    about 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    Is this site real,or am I dreaming!

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    Anonymous

    about 6 years ago

    Do most police agencies recognize these online degrees? Kaplan, Phoenix, ?Does anyone have a good experience with these degrees and are they recognized by the individual state board of education.

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    lahmommy

    about 6 years ago

    14 Comments

    sully910, I am currently attending Kaplan University on-line and they are awsome. You can call my contact at 1-866-527-5268 ext 90471096
    Tell him Lori H sent you . Good Luck

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    sully910

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Can anyone advise me on a good school that offers online classes, with reasonable tuition costs for a four year degree in Crim Justice?

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    fireprotom

    about 6 years ago

    1830 Comments

    Can anyone tell me about the Minnesota School of Business criminal justice program?

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    seefabian

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    May I know if this program is open for foriegn national who are resident outside the us?

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    BLUEOFWATER

    about 6 years ago

    222 Comments

    THIS IS VERY TRUE

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